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First look: Michelin's cheapest starred restaurant Tim Ho Wan soft-opens this Friday

Steamed tofu at Tim Ho Wan
Photograph: Peter Garritano Steamed tofu at Tim Ho Wan

The wait is almost over: Tim Ho Wan—the Hong Kong–born dim sum parlor that's notable not only for its exceptional pork buns, but also for being the world's most inexpensive Michelin-starred restaurant—is finally opening in New York this week.

At the East Village outpost, the chain's first in America (it has five locations in Hong Kong, with offshoots across Asia and Australia), you can find favorites like baked BBQ pork buns, pan-fried turnip cakes and steamed rice rolls, as well as New York exclusives, such as custard-filled French toast and deep-fried vegetable spring rolls. As is the dim sum tradition, plates can be ordered via forms left at the table but, alas, no roving carts here.

The restaurant will reportedly open officially on January 18th (Sunday through Thursday 10am–10pm, Friday and Saturday 10am–11pm), but until then, the soft-opening will operate with limited hours (closed daily from 3pm–5pm). 85 Fourth Ave (212-228-2800, timhowanusa.com)

Check out the dishes and space below: 

 

Pork buns at Tim Ho Wan
Photograph: Peter Garritano

 

Steamed pork dumplings at Tim Ho Wan
Photograph: Peter Garritano

 

 

Deep-fried spring roll at Tim Ho Wan
Photograph: Peter Garritano

Photograph: Courtesy of Tim Ho Wan

Photograph: Courtesy of Tim Ho Wan

 

Photograph: Courtesy of Tim Ho Wan

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